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Jamie Smart shortlisted for Roald Dahl Prize 2013…

Published On October 26, 2013 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Comics For Children

Great news this week – the announcement of the shortlist for the 2013 Roald Dahl Funny Prize includes the first nomination for a graphic novel in the 6-year history of the award. Jamie Smart’s Fish-Head Steve joins five other books in the “funniest book for children aged 7-14″.

Couldn’t happen to a funnier graphic novel either, as Fish-Head Steve is a ridiculously funny book, just like I told you on its release.

“Jamie Smart writes very funny comics. Always has. Funny comics for children such as Desperate Dan, Numbskulls, and current fave Bunny Versus Monkey in the Phoenix Comic. Funny comics for grown up types as well, complete with plentiful sweary violence, like the webcomic Corporate Skull. They are all, unfailingly, absolutely, completely funny.”

“… these strips collect brilliantly, a cumulative guffaw session, genuinely hysterically funny stuff, absolutely packed with gags, visual and verbal, slapstick stupid and deliciously clever. There’s an unrelenting pace to it, gags layered over each other, bludgeoning the reader at times. If you can be bludgeoned into hilarity anyway. I certainly was.”

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize aims to promote laughter and humour as a feel-good factor when reading, to draw attention to funny books as readable and enjoyable books and to reward authors and illustrators who write and illustrate books using humour. Jamie Smart’s Fish-Head Steve would certainly be a worthy winner.

 

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About The Author

Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.